8. Neil Young “Cripple Creek Ferry” (1:33)
The final song on 1970’s After the Gold Rush was originally written to be part of a soundtrack Young was creating for the uncompleted film of the same name, and delivers a hopeful respite to an album filled with melancholy songs.
7. Pink Floyd “Pigs on the Wing 1” (1:25)
The first part of the two-part song on 1977’s concept album Animals is a love song written by Roger Waters for his new wife at the time, Lady Carolyne Christie. The song (along with “Pigs on the Wing 2”) is lighter/softer and stands in stark contrast to the other 3 dark songs on the album.